Pittsburgh Resident Indicted for Fraud and Conspiracy to Maliciously Destroy East Carson Street Property by Fire
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Jennifer M. Soltis of Smock, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of misappropriation of postal funds and theft of mail by a postal officer and employee, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The two-count indictment named Soltis, 38, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment, from Oct. 8, 2012 to January 9, 2013, Soltis, while employed as the Acting Officer in Charge with the United States Postal Service at the Smock, Pa., post office, converted to her own use postal money orders, stamps and cash having a total value of $5,729.65. The indictment also charges that on or about Dec. 9, 2012, Soltis embezzled a Walmart gift card from an item of mail.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Mary McKeen Houghton is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.
The United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.